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Is there still a chance to outgrow?

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By starlight on Sat, 02-25-06, 15:16

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to my own question, which would be "no", but do any of you guys think it's possible for an adult who was born PA to outgrow the allergy? My RAST for peanuts was very low level class 1, and the SPT was definately positive (big welt, don't know exactly how big).

My circumstances are kind of unique, which is what is putting some doubt in my head. I don't want to keep retesting if there's no hope. When I was little, my immune system was **** . I had an IGA immune deficiency, apparently you're supposed to have something like 250 somethings and I had 5. I used to have to miss like 80 days of school, because if I got a cold and didn't get antibiotics right away, I'd get pneumonia. I eventually outgrew it.

Anyway, on top of that was the asthma, environmental allergies, exzema and some digestive problems. I was a mess.

Then I got Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It came back a couple times going with just surgery, so 4 years ago I had chemotherapy. Now my immune system is better than ever. In four years I've been sick maybe 5 times, usually during finals week or when I had something important due, and I also lived in the germ heaven known as a dorm.

I've asked how chemo would effect the allergies, and they said it wouldn't, but I doubt there have been any great studies done on it. And along with the IGA deficiency gone, the low level RAST and the fact I haven't had a reaction since I was 5, I thought for sure that I had outgrown it when I went for the SPT. Apparently I haven't, but do you think there might still be a chance given 20 years or so since my immune system has been revamped?

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By punkinsmom on Sat, 02-25-06, 22:41

I don't want to give false hope but here is what I have run into recently. The father of one of my dd's schoolmates told me that he outgrew his peanut allergy in his adult years. I don't know him well and we didn't have time to talk in depth so I don't have a lot of details. He was basically trying to give me hope for my dd.

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By starlight on Sun, 02-26-06, 04:37

Thanks, I'm not gonna get my hopes up, but if *someone* out there was able to outgrow it in their adult years, I'll keep testing every 5-10 years or so [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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